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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

McKeesport Man Facing Multiple Charges Relating to the Sexual Exploitation of a Minors

PITTSBURGH - A resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on three charges of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, three charges of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, and one charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The seven-count indictment, returned on January 16, named Scott Joseph Payne, 31, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from April 9, 2017 through April 10, 2017, and in two separate incidents on June 10, 2017, Payne persuaded, induced, and coerced individuals who had not attained the age of 18 years to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct. The indictment further charges that on June 19, 2017, Payne unlawfully possessed photographs and videos in computer graphics files which depicted minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 90 years in prison, a fine of $1,750,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bloomfield, New Jersey Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated January 17, 2018